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Camp NaNo Day 17

It’s 2:46AM Eastern Time and I am making headway on my second book, which I am not sure of a title yet. But it’s about my mental health journey. I slept most of Saturday due to med changes but it helped with my creative energy and I’ve been working for almost two hours straight on my writing and making some great progress. It is the 17th day of Camp this time around and I think I may finish the first draft of this book this month. I’m super excited! So far this book is titled God Never Forgets.

I have my first book out in paperback and kindle and will work on getting that into other formats in the near future. If you’re interested in that book it is titled Reflections of the Heart and you can order it here.

How are you doing this time around? Making any headway? Having any setbacks? I’d love to hear how you are all doing on your writing project.  Feel free to chat with me in the comments section or send me an email at jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Happy writing!

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CampNaNo Day 19!

It’s early in the morning. The sun is coming up brightening the sky. My one-year-old son is watching Goldie and Bear on the Disney Jr. Channel, hubby is making breakfast before he goes to work. And my daughter is home from school this week due to vacation. She’s still snoozing away with her radio turned to KLOVE. She listens to it every night.

My dogs are lying next to me on the couch as I sit comfortably writing this blog post. I’m contemplating the events over the weekend where I passed out at the wheel. Thankfully, my hubby was able to stop the car before a major accident happened. All I can say is I’m thankful everything turned out alright and that I’m doing okay.

And I’m back here working on my novel. The inner critic is butting it’s head in and I’m trying not to go back and edit my story yet. Really need to just get it down first. But  should start with rereading what I’ve written to get back into the groove of things.

How are you doing so far? I’ve got about 19,677 words…and counting. Have you run into any roadblocks on your journey? If you have, what have you done to get past them? I’d love to hear your stories. Please feel free to leave comments or send an email to jisoucie@hotmail.com.

Happy Writing! 🙂

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Camp NaNo Day 6

Day 6 is upon us and I admit I have had a slow start. The pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia have slowed me down for the past few weeks. Usually I can work through them, but during a flare it’s all I can do to function.

So I am working on my second book, God Never Forgets, which is about my journey with mental illness and how God has been helping me through it. I have chapter one finished and I’m currently working on chapter two which will be done soon.

So where are you on your novel? Making any great progress, or are you have a slow start like me? What kind of story are you working on this month? What motivates you to write?

I’d love to hear from you. Please leave comments below or you can email me jisoucie@hotmail.com

 

Happy writing!

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Quiet Evening

My hubby is putting our youngest to bed, and my daughter is on the couch munching on popcorn and watching Caillou. Our dogs are lying on the couch as the night slowly drifts on.

Early this morning, and I do mean early as my son decided to get up at 1AM not go back to sleep until about 4AM. I had some time to work on preparing my novel for Camp NaNo. I’m going through an old manuscript and tossing out most of it. I’ve labeled my chapters and now working on a document that gives me a summary of what I want each chapter to be about. It’s just so confusing taking snippets here and there that will still work in the book, but tossing the rest. So now it’s like putting a jigsaw puzzle together though many of the pieces haven’t been written yet.

I have so many ideas and they sometimes render me immobile. I’m sure I’m not the only writer to experience that. If it’s not writer’s block it’s having too many ideas at once.

So tonight, I am going to try and make some progress on the chapter summaries.

Where are you on your Camp NaNo prep? Or are you preparing? Are you going to be a pantser?

Camp NaNo starts in just 9 days! Are you ready?

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CampNaNo April 2017

It’s that time of year again! Camp NaNo Wri Mo is coming near. Just a couple of weeks away. I have decided to write Secret Anguish: My Journey with PTSD. In the novel I will share my story of how I came to have PTSD as well as the symptoms and trying times I had to live through before I even knew I had PTSD. From then on it was medication trial after medication trial, and switching from one therapist to another, but that was not all that helped me get through the storm.

The main factor in my recovery is my faith. Without God I could not have done it. I have learned so much through having PTSD and God has not only healed me but healed my Dad who was the root cause of the PTSD. We have a better relationship now than we have ever had. And this is after a PTSD teacher mentioned in a class that you can’t reconcile with one who has caused PTSD. I beg to differ since that is exactly what happened. When she said those words, I was thinking, “God can make it happen if He wish. It’s nothing short of Him.” And it wasn’t.

So anyway, that is what I am brainstorming on.

Are you participating in Camp this year? What kind of story are you working on? Are  you going to plan things out or are you going to be a pantser?

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Quiet Solitude

It’s after 10PM and everyone is in bed asleep. Even the dogs. I should be. Having a newborn I should be sleep when he sleeps but it’s so hard when the writing bug has come and won’t leave! Not that I want it to, mind you. I have one project in the works right now and thinking about another one I am planning to write for Camp NaNo in April. I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy even thinking about doing this with a baby. And no I’m not one of those that does fine on little sleep. I do best on 9. But I am finding that even a little bit of writing, helps me cope with the stresses of everyday life. Plus, it’s fun and I enjoy it. With only 500 words as my word count goal, I think I should be able to reach that each day. We’ll find out!

I’ll be writing a short story this time around. Fantasy like. 

How many of you will be writing this April?

Will you be writing fiction, nonfiction, novel, or short story?

I would love to hear from so feel free to leave me a note in the comments.
Bye for now!

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CampNaNoWriMo April 2015

Well, yesterday was the last day for Camp NaNo for April 2015. How did you all do? Were you able to meet your goal? Exceed it? No? It’s okay. Don’t worry about it. Any words you were able to produce during Camp NaNo are progress. It’s no small feat writing a book so don’t be hard on yourself. I am proud of you for trying but now that Camp is over there is no reason to stop writing. Yeah, it does give some incentive to write daily I’ll give you that. But we should be able to carve out even small ten minute sections of time to make a little progress toward a bigger goal every day. Maybe rewarding yourself in some way when you reach a milestone in your writing will help.

As for me, you may be wondering how I did this round of Camp. Well, I exceeded my goal of 50,000 words but only by sixty-eight words. Still, I pushed last night with about a half hour left to make the 50,000 word mark. I would have had more time but I kept dozing off at the computer. Now who hasn’t done that before?

So I have I good amount of a first draft to work with. I do have to some restructuring and some rewriting to do. I am going to rewrite my story using some elements of fiction like dialog and inner thoughts to help bring my story to life in a more interesting way. I don’t want my book to be just another matter-of-fact I have this, here’s how I discovered it, ect. Boy, that would get boring so easily! Certainly don’t want that to happen.

Well, I guess it’s time to get started on some editing and get this baby into a well organized and well written second draft.

Cheers!

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Camp NaNo Wri Mo Day 17

Number 17

Today is day #17 of Camp NaNo!! How are you doing on your project?

I must admit that yesterday I didn’t do much writing. Instead, I printed out my book and I plan to go through it and reorganize and rewrite it. Yes, I know. The Inner Editor is having time in the spotlight BEFORE the whole books is even in a first draft. Well, let’s just say I tried to make the book go the direction I wanted but found I was repeating a lot of what was said and I was just getting so confused. I had to make that decision to stop moving forward. Trust me it wasn’t an easy decision. It was quite painful. But you know I’ve decided to look at Camp NaNo as a stepping stone. It helped me get to where I am so I have something to work with. Plus, it gave me motivation.

I did some research on how to structure a memoir and often I kept running into the same information about how to decide what to write about out of our life and how to get started. I didn’t need that. I was looking for something a little more in depth and just before I was going to give up searching I stumbled across Wendy Dale’s blog. She has a great piece on how to structure a memoir and the different methods other memoirists have used.  This has been so helpful to me and I finally have a way to write my memoir that can be exciting and draw readers in instead of just the plain chronological chain of events. I was getting bored writing that way. Just event after event. Now I know of more interesting ways to write my book. Now I just have to decide which way I want to go.

Wendy broke things down into Act 1, Act 2, and Act 3 and tells us what to write in each one. So helpful and clarified a lot for me. If you’re writing a memoir, or even thinking about it, I encourage you to check out Wendy’s site.

So that is where I am right now. Rewriting and organizing my book.

Well, it’s time for me to be off and my daughter off to school. Best of luck today. May the words flow forth and fill the blank pages before you.

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Camp NaNo Wri Mo Day 14

Number 14

Another sunny mild day here in Maine. I was up early this morning walking the dogs and listening to the birds just as the sun’s light was creeping over the horizon. I could have just closed my eyes and sat on the deck listening to the sounds of nature. So awesome and relaxing.

But I had to make sure the hubby was off to work and my daughter off to school. The house is currently quiet with everyone gone and the dogs have nothing to bark at. That could quickly change though.

So let’s see. Today is day 14 for Camp NaNo and if you’re writing a 50,000 book this month then today you should have at least 23,338 words. I have 47,305 right now but I am stuck. I have about five chapters written which of course will probably change. One of these chapters could easily be two but I’ll work about breaking things up later. I have come to a point in my story where I think I am going to have to rewrite the story before I can move on. But, I think before I go ahead with that idea, I am going to print out what I have typed so far and take a look at it. Maybe there is a way I can continue on without having to sacrifice all of the work I have put into the book so far.  As it is I have already deleted several thousands of words and could have been done with reaching my word count goal. I had to make myself STOP editing! That is so extremely hard especially when you get to a place where the flow of the book isn’t what you were planning on and that does change how you can continue on to reach the conclusion of the book. However, perhaps a wise thing to do is simply make a note in the manuscript that I am switching gears so I can continue writing and head on to the direction I want the book to take so I can reach that conclusion. Hmm….

I guess it is in these struggles that we learn the tips and tricks that will aid us in other writing projects.

I’m curious… What little tricks have you learned, or discovered, while working on your own projects? Feel free to leave comments. I would love to hear from you!

Best of luck to all you creatives out there!

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CampNaNoWriMo Day 11

Ah, yes. Here we are on day 11! It doesn’t seem possible we are in this far already. The month is screaming by it seems. The sun came out today and the snow is melting away and forming streams down the driveway and roadways, rivers and lakes are rising, and mud is abundant. Yep. It’s spring alright. Once we get past the dirty part of it spring is quite beautiful with the trees budding and flowers and grass awakening and baby animals being born. I love this time of year. The fresh air ushering in wisps of inspiration.

I can picture me now, out on the back deck with a mug of tea, the dogs running around playing, birds chirping, the new leaves rustling in a gentle warm breeze, the sun beating down warming my skin. Ahhh… The outdoors…nothing like it!

Okay, okay…time to stop daydreaming. It’s not THAT warm yet and there’s still mounds of snow on the deck…but it’s shrinking! Won’t be too long and I’ll be able to take my writing outdoors. Are you more inspired to write outside with nature surrounding you, or do you do better indoors?

It’s time for me to tackle today’s word count. I have about four full chapters to my book now and working on the fifth. My story isn’t going like I really want it but I must hold that inner editor behind bars if I am going to get the framework for the novel down. That is always the challenge. (Don’t worry, Inner Editor, you’ll have your time in the spotlight. It’s just not now!)

The day is winding down but now that the house is quiet my creative juices are ready to flow (and less likely to be interrupted). So I must stop looking up how to structure a memoir and just write my story. Ugh! If it’s not the Inner Editor it is research that gets me. I need to put them both in a box and lock it and throw away the key if I’m going to get anything done.

So….here I go…………..